Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Crank Your Recycling Efforts Up a Notch

Some of us live where recycling is just too easy to not do, everything in one bin by the curb... come on people, it does not get easier than this.    Others have to have multiple bins and transport to a recycling facility.  Either way you can crank your recycling efforts up a notch with some of these ideas.

Check with your recycling service provider to see what they do and do not accept but here are things to consider placing in your recycling bin along with all the other things you recycle:

  • Envelopes with plastic windows- It takes a second to remove the plastic so do it rather than trash your envelope.  Some areas will accept envelopes with plastic windows.
  • Clothing Tags- All the paper tags can be recycled.
  • Fast Food Bags and Happy Meal Boxes-Usually they want only non greasy items
  • Empty Shampoo and Lotion bottles
  • Tissue Boxes and Toilet Paper Tubes
  • Used aluminum foil - as long as it is reasonably clean
  • Receipts- Most receipts do not have personal information on them so recycle them

These items don't go in your bin but should never be trashed, some are very harmful and some are very helpful to others.  To learn more about recycling these items, do an internet search.

  • Eye Glasses- These are collected by charities and distributed to those in need
  • Old towels and Blankets- Contact your local humane society or pet shelter, they can use these!
  • Sports Gear- Many charities refurbish used sports gear and get it into the hands of kids who need it.
  • Cell Phones- Lots of ways to recycle these
  • Electronics- Many retailers like Best Buy recycle your electronics for you.
  • Motor Oil- Most Auto parts store will accept motor oil
  • Magazines- Check with libraries or senior centers, they can often use these
  • Batteries of any kind- They contain nasty stuff so recycle them the right way

Happy Recycling and Celebrate Earth Day everyday!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Stepping Stones- A Great Mother's Day Gift

I know Mother's Day is a month away, but here is a gift idea now so you have plenty of time to get it done.  Children's handprints or footprints painted on stepping stones makes a wonderful, thoughtful, but very cheap gift for any mother or grandmother.   

You can buy the very plain stepping stones at any home improvement store and you want to pick one with a smoother finish.  You can find one that will work for under $4.00.  You can paint them with regular craft paint, those little bottles in the craft department that sell for around $1.00.   To get the best look of a handprint or a footprint, you have to paint the hand or foot and then press it down evenly.  You can not put a hand in a plate of paint and get a neat result and you will waste so much paint.  So line up the kids paint the hands or feet and let them stamp them on the stone.  Be sure to write the date and names if you choose and spray the surface of the stone with a thin coat of polyurethane.  It should last you for years!